What film did you watch last night?

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The Father - 8/10.

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman are excellent. It’s a good film, though very depressing for obvious reasons.
 
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2020. Great fun 8/10. It was good to see Jim Carey rekindle some of his old charm. 95 min movie. Just right.

Perfect AV demo material on 4K disc. The sub loved it.
 
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Munich: The Edge of War. The plot was ok but the tension was not quite there yet; just felt like ok cool that just happened lets go to the next scene.
 
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Shang Chi. I've already seen it but when we last watched it my partner wasn't paying attention. First time I've used the Imax copy on Disney+ and it was a game changer especially with the new TV. No idea why more films aren't shot using it as widescreen feels like a waste of screen real estate.

As a film I enjoyed it and looking forward to any sequels which come from it. Going to watch Dr Strange tonight.
 
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Dune 8/10

Weird one. Felt like not a lot happened given the run time yet it didn't feel like a slog at all. Well acted, decent enough characters and the story has been set up in a way that makes me want to watch the next one.

Also Jason Momoa is annoyingly charismatic. So Alpha it hurts.
 
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The Harder They Fall - 5/10

Didn't really get on with this. Looked like it wanted to be a cartoon in places; silly blood spatters, people flying around after being shot. It was way too colourful for a western too. Understand they wanted to do something different but with everyone looking like they stepped out of a modelling agency with crystal clean clothes etc it just didn't work. Sets looked like sets, some of the lighting was awful too. All a bit cheap to be honest.
 
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Nightmare Alley (2021) - 6/10

A good and classic story which is well told but overall it lacks mystery and is a bit slow.

It balances the realism and mysticism of the show well, including the darker sides, and humanizes the cast of characters.

Cooper is a charismatic lead and puts on a good performance throughout.

The setting is superb with plenty of authentic looking carnival scenes and visuals from the period, but the injury detail is far too unnecessarily detailed and detracts from the scenes.

About 3/4 of the way through I had to resist looking at my watch, as I'm aware that I start to lose patience around that point. I know what you mean about injury detail, although I think that, the casting of the female lead and some of the way the scenes were lit was a bit of a Del Torro hallmark that was inescapable really.

I really enjoyed it, and found it quite a cinematic film.
 
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American Pie (1999)

First re-watch in about a decade. Yeah, it's not as good as I'd remembered, but still very watchable.

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The Irishman (2019) 7/10

Mentioned in another thread. It's a reunion of Hollywood greats, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Keitel.

I enjoyed but it is meandering and 3½ long! The anti-ageing CGI is ropey and would have so benefitted from younger actors for the earlier scenes.

Whereas you watch 'Casino' (1995) a film whioch depicts the glamour (Sharon Stone ;)), and the violence (like the Godfather, Goodfellas) it needed more edge. The unions and crime... :eek:
 
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Also watched Mass a few days back, yeah thats one certainly one to challenge the emotions! I went in rather unknown to the actual story beyond the brief outline, so as the realization of the situation became clearer you really feel it.
i wasn't completely sold on some of the actors (by no means a criticism as they all do it justice) but Ann Dowd is a on another level.
 
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“A Star is Born”, I always had Bradley Cooper down as a quite good actor, maybe not in the Robert de Niro or Laurence Olivier league but he’s reasonably credible, but I had Lady Ga-Ga down as a flash in the pan female Leo Sayer/pound shop female David Bowie, she turned out to be a very capable actress, (in my opinion).
When I recorded it, at my wife’s behest, I thought, ‘Jeez, can I really watch something this long?”
I could, and I’m glad that I did.
 

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2020. Great fun 8/10. It was good to see Jim Carey rekindle some of his old charm. 95 min movie. Just right.

Perfect AV demo material on 4K disc. The sub loved it.

It was alright but the moment that stuck out for me was the chase around the world where Robotnik was blowing the crap out of everything until they got to China and suddenly he admired the scenery until they went to Egypt and then pow! all guns blazing again. :p
 
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Also watched Mass a few days back, yeah thats one certainly one to challenge the emotions! I went in rather unknown to the actual story beyond the brief outline, so as the realization of the situation became clearer you really feel it.
i wasn't completely sold on some of the actors (by no means a criticism as they all do it justice) but Ann Dowd is a on another level.
I would add Martha Plimpton to that, both could win best actress.
 
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Belfast (2021) - 8/10

An enjoyable film focusing on a family caught up in the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

It’s very entertaining thanks to the young star of the film who has lots of funny moments due to his childhood innocence, but also the way he interacts with his family and the neighborhood community.

Showing the events mostly from his point of view keeps it simple and somewhat emotional, although not as dramatic or informative as it could have been.

Great acting from the cast and filming in black and white, along with iconic references and media from the era, add to the experience, although I did feel as though it was a bit too long near the end.
 
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Capone (2020) 4/10

Tom Hardy plays the part of the infamous gangster Capone, who having served 10 years in prison is released early on mercy grounds; retreating to a Florida mansion.

Whilst it does feature some gangster scenes, the scenes they do show are surreal (akin to The Shining) and few and far between.

If you think its going to be another Bronson, its not. The film is very depressing.
 
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